Today is another hot and humid day in a summer that has seen many of them. Despite recent rains, the rivers remain low and the sun is bright and my garden still thirsts for rain. Some folks like it hot and muggy but I am not one of them. Today is the kind of day I wish I were at the beach, rather than in a room without air conditioning.

Actually, my garden is doing well this summer because I have carefully weeded and watered it and all that warm sunshine is making my vegetables grow with vigor. The dry weather also means there is less powdery mildew on the leaves of the wild...

The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Examining some of those ‘useful’ phrases

The Country Curmudgeon

Every era has its ubiquitous phrases, often used without knowing their origin or true meaning. As long as the phrase or word is used in the correct application the point is moot — sometimes mute, either version works — but I digress, or is it dye grass? Confusion reigns, or rains.

Let’s step back in time to the 18th century. Assuming “The  Scarlet Pimpernel” movie is a reliable source — and why would it not be? The movie is really old, as evidenced by the black-and-white format.  

Letters to the Editor September 8

Letters To The Editor - Millerton News

Go-carts should be a no go
The terrible idea of having go-carts on Route 44 in Millerton is like a cat with nine lives — it keeps coming back, despite having been rejected by all of the various town bodies time and time and time again, ever since it was first proposed in 1999.

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Does medical waste still wash up on our seashores?


Dear EarthTalk: I remember that medical waste, washing up in New Jersey, I believe, was a big issue in the late 1980s. Is it still today?

Walter Maliszewski

Camden, N.J.

Fed passes the ball to Congress

@The Market

By now everyone knows the outcome of Ben Bernanke’s speech at Jackson Hole Friday, Aug. 26. For those looking for a cure-all from the chairman of the Federal Reserve, his speech was a disappointment.

Overall, the markets were not nearly as disappointed as one might imagine. I suspect the smart money was not expecting much in the way of new programs. Of course, Chairman Bernanke promised to take another look at the economy on Sept. 20, when next the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meets, but don’t hold your breath.

Giants control Congress

A View From the Edge

Over the last year, AT&T (amongst others) spent a small fortune lobbying congressional members (and that includes their underpaid staff, who are easy pickings) to ensure that the FCC does not force cell phone (3G and 4G) Internet access to be free nor even regulate it.

Jail expansion advances

The County Account

The findings of a commissioned report on jail alternatives, coupled with $3.6 million in emergency spending that the Legislature appropriated in July to cover increased jail costs, spurred the Legislature this month to form a committee to study the jail situation. This committee, which will report back in December, is expected to recommend jail expansion.

Look at me! Look at me!

The Country Curmudgeon

It all starts with that little bell on your tricycle. Nobody ever got run over by a tricycle. It is not really a warning device, but rather an announcement of your coming. Jing! Jing! Here I come!

As you got older you graduated to a two-wheeler, but you still went Jing!, unless you had one of those deluxe models that had a horn. Then you went Blaaah.

No Labor Day

Editorial Cartoon

Schools open for fall

The Millerton News Editorial

Summer is winding to an end, and for families everywhere that means one thing and one thing only — the hallways are about to open wide for the new school year. Although it might be hard for some to believe, for most of us living in the Harlem Valley, come Sept. 7, school will be back in session. The transition from lazy summer days to hectic early morning races to the bus stop will take time for everyone to adapt to, but in the final analysis teaching children (no matter what age) the importance of sticking to a schedule is not a bad thing.

Board members don’t have to agree, but they do have to be civil

The Millerton News Editorial

We’ve said it before: If you are or want to be a public official, mind your manners and your temper. The behavior of some of our local politicians these days is both shameful and discreditable. They ought to know better — and deep down they probably do. So why, at a recent public meeting, did two councilmen get into a squabble so severe they nearly broke into fisticuffs?